Common DIY Moving Mistakes

Franklin Graham
Feb 13, 2017 · 4 min read

When moving locations you can be presented with a unique set of challenges. After all, you’re literally packing up your entire life into boxes and moving to a brand-new location. While most people will regard this task as something that will require lots of planning, some people have a tendency to underestimate just how extensive the moving process can get. In this article we will share with you the common mistakes that people will make when making a DIY move, and how you can avoid these mistakes.

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The first and sometimes biggest mistake that people will make is assuming that professional movers are far too expensive. Yes, professional moving services do come with a price tag. However, the reason being is because they are only truly taking all the work and liability upon themselves to move you to new location. Which, in the end can actually end up being safer and more cost-effective for you than when you try and make the move yourself. In fact, one could argue that the only time a DIY moved to be cost-effective is if you’re moving within the same town or city, within 100 miles radius, staying within the same state, if you have a small apartment, or if you have previous moving experience.

The second common mistake that DIY movers will make is that they assume packing is just another pre-move task. However, packing a house is not just another task that needs to be checked off the list, rather it’s a task that lists need to be made around. Packing up your home should be planned out weeks or months in advance in order for your move to go smoothly as possible. You also want to make sure that you have all of the appropriate shipping supplies you’ll need to properly pack up your house. In fact, one of the most undervalued things is, proper packing supplies. Without proper packing supplies you and your move can quickly become disorganized, resulting in chaos and often lost or damaged valuables.

The third most common mistake is that the DIY mover will assume that they’re immune to move related injuries. Meaning, that when moving their heavy furniture or other large items they are somehow invincible to injury. However, some of the most serious injuries actually will occur when trying to perform a DIY move, because the proper precautions weren’t put in place to make sure that your move would be a be done safely and securely. So, avoid this pitfall and make sure that you have the proper lifting equipment, plenty of help, durable gloves to protect your hands, comfortable shoes, the proper shipping supplies to do the job properly, and that you don’t over stuff your boxes.

The fourth common mistake that a DIY mover will make is that they assume renting and driving a moving truck is easy. Rather, it’s something that will take proper planning as well as being able to have the means and know how to drive it to your location. For instance, if you rent a moving truck that is too small, you may be forced to make more than one trip to new location. Or, on the other hand if you rent a truck that’s too large, you’ll be paying for extra space that you didn’t ever need. So, make sure that you properly plan out in advance the exact amount of space that you will need in order to rent the proper moving truck. Plus, you’ll have to make sure that you know the rules and regulations that are required when driving such a vehicle.

Finally, the last common mistake that a DIY mover will make is that they just assume that their friends will be there to help them move out. Often times this will be the case. However, there is also a lot of times when it’s not. First of all, let’s be honest, no one really loves helping someone move. And, even if they were willing, sometimes life just gets in the way. So, make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to pack and move in case your friends were to bail.

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Making a DIY move doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated. You just need to make sure that you avoid the pitfalls that were addressed in this article, and give yourself the proper planning and time that is needed to make a move. If you can do that, you will be able to set yourself up for a smooth transition to your new life.

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